Liquor stick on four cops

Patna: The axe has finally fallen on four policemen who were found in a drunken state at a police outpost located near the Bhagalpur railway station, around 195km east of Patna, on July 6 this year.

Incumbent Bhagalpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manoj Kumar on Friday recommended the dismissal of the four police constables - Rajeev Ranjan, Shashi Kant Sharma, Madhukar Suman and Robin Kumar - on the basis of a report submitted by deputy superintendent of police (headquarters) Braj Kishore Paswan.

The four cops were caught boozing at a public place in violation of the Bihar Prohibition and Excise Act, 2016, which came into force in the state in April last year. "Bottles of liquor were seized from the spot and a breathalyser test had confirmed that they had consumed alcohol," said SSP Manoj.

Prior to their dismissal, the constables were issued showcause notices. The departmental proceedings conducted by the DSP (headquarters) Paswan found all the policemen guilty. "They have been dismissed from service with effect from December 29, 2017," Kumar told The Telegraph over phone.

The medical report has also confirmed that the constables had consumed alcohol at the time of their detention. The condition of the cops could be gauged from the fact that one of them allegedly threatened the SSP to sue him in a prohibition case if he didn't disappear from the scene. "Who are you to interfere in our matter?" the police constable had allegedly asked the SSP. The next day, the SSP put all the cops under suspension and initiated departmental proceedings against them.

"The conducting officer was not satisfied with the reply of the cops in question and finally found them guilty," the SSP said, adding that such misconduct and negligence wouldn't be tolerated.

Another assistant sub-inspector, Jawahar Kumar Singh, was also dismissed from service for creating a scene outside the Barari police station in an inebriated condition. Initially, he was put under suspension and departmental proceedings were initiated against Jawahar. On Friday, the SSP recommended the dismissal of ASI Jawahar.

In addition, two constables - Mohammad Razzak and Kundan Kumar - who were also charged with creating a scene at the Nathnagar police training college in a drunken state on June 15 this year, were dismissed from service. The action against the cops was taken under the Bihar Service Rules, 2006.


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